Although it has been said that what gets measured is what matters, currently, community policing—in all of its forms—is not being systematically measured or regularly assessed by law enforcement agencies to the same extent as enforcement activities, such as arrests and citations. Since its development in 1994, CompStat has proven to be a valuable measurement and decision-making tool for law enforcement administrators, and is widely accepted as one of the most important policing innovations in the last century. Yet, in its current form, CompStat typically measures only crime reported to the police, as well as very serious crimes, which are generally rare and not always representative of a community’s highest public safety concerns. As such, CompStat fails to capture a true picture of public safety and police-community priorities, neglecting data on things such as community satisfaction, clearance rates, unreported victimization, complaints filed against officers, and use of force.

In partnership with the Police Foundation, the Vera Institute of Justice is well-poised to spearhead this effort. In the mid-1990s, Vera worked with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) to develop an electronic crime mapping system that would be a more powerful analytic tool than the old pin maps. That crime mapping system became the basis for the department’s widely known CompStat process, which was soon replicated nationally and internationally. CompStat 2.0 is building on the successes of the original CompStat model, developing a new process for CompStat that provides departments with a more complete picture of public safety, and enabling departments to make decisions based on community needs and priorities.